As someone who has rewatched both Meet the Robinsons
in the past month after seeing Zootopia
, I can say that the tone, animation-style, humor, and plotting in them are still very similar to the newer Lasseter-era films...probably because of Lasseter. Both films largely feel as though Disney Animation's story team was experimenting with Pixar's influence while still trying to maintain the "Disney feeling" (this is especially evident in Meet the Robinsons
with the inspiration drawn from Walt Disney's optimistic ideas of the future). So, I see Meet the Robinsons
as important transitional films in the same way that a film like The Great Mouse Detective
helped set a tone for the writing in the Disney Renaissance era films. Sure, Bolt
is arguably more forgettable than anything Disney Animation has done in the past 5 years, but I don't think it should be lumped in with Home on the Range
or Chicken Little.
I mean, Bolt
actually played a part in reviving Disney Animation. Heck, to my surprise, Bolt
actually has a higher Rotten Tomatoes score than Wreck-it Ralph.
Plus, without taking over Bolt
from Chris Sanders, I don't think that Byron Howard would have been able to direct either Tangled
. That's something.